Jordan was the Yankees 19th-round draft pick in 2010, but he decided to go to college instead. He left knowing about a severe autoimmune disorder, and within a few months of joining the Wake Forest team, Jordan badly needed a new kidney. His parents weren’t a match, but Wake Forest head coach Tom Walter was tested and volunteered to be the donor.
“This was the best day of my coaching career — by far,” Walter said on the day practice opened. “Just to see him back out here and doing what he loves to do. This is what this has always been about.”
It’s barely a Yankees story, and it’s only partially a baseball story, but it’s an awfully good story.
“This is what I’ve been doing for the last decade or more,” Jordan said, “And I don’t know what to do with the free time. And I really don’t know what I would do (during) the summer without baseball.”